University City in St. Louis County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
A lifetime of community involvement began when the rattling sound from a manhole cover on a University City street prevented her children from sleeping.
Getting involved to solve this problem would lead Harriet Woods to serve as:
- University City Council member (1967-74), where she fought for racial equality and was instrumental in revitalizing the Loop Business District
- State Senator (1977-84), where she led the passage of groundbreaking nursing home reform
- Lieutenant Governor (1985-89), becoming the first woman elected statewide in Missouri
- President of the National Women's Political Caucus (1991-95), helping get a record number of women appointed to the Cabinet of President Bill Clinton
But the lessons from her political career are more simple: Start with something you care about get personally involved in the community and help people.
Inspiring others to do the same, Harriett remained committed to those values and to University City for more than 50 years.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsWomen. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #42 William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton series list.
Location. 38° 39.402′ N, 90° 18.657′ W. Marker is in University City, Missouri, in St. Louis County. Marker is at the intersection of Delmar Boulevard and Princeton Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Delmar Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Louis MO 63130, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Magazine Building (within shouting distance of this marker); What's in a Name? (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rogers Hornsby (about 700 feet away); Charles M. Russell (about 700 feet away); William Greenleaf Eliot (about 700 feet away); Walker Evans (about 700 feet away); Ed Macauley (about 700 feet away); Fontella Bass (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in University City.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 95 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.